- a musical, dramatic, or other entertainment presented before an audience.
- the act of performing a ceremony, play, piece of music, etc.
- the execution or accomplishment of work, acts, feats, etc.
- a particular action, deed, or proceeding.
- an action or proceeding of an unusual or spectacular kind: His temper tantrum was quite a performance.
- the act of performing.
- the manner in which or the efficiency with which something reacts or fulfills its intended purpose.
- Linguistics. the actual use of language in real situations, which may or may not fully reflect a speaker's competence, being subject to such nonlinguistic factors as inattention, distraction, memory lapses, fatigue, or emotional state.Compare competence(def 6).
Origin of performance
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- the act, process, or art of performing
- an artistic or dramatic productionlast night's performance was terrible
- manner or quality of functioninga machine's performance
- informal mode of conduct or behaviour, esp when distasteful or irregularwhat did you mean by that performance at the restaurant?
- informal any tiresome procedurewhat a performance dressing the children to play in the snow!
- any accomplishment
- linguistics (in transformational grammar) the form of the human language faculty, viewed as concretely embodied in speakersCompare competence (def. 5), langue, parole (def. 5)
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Word Origin and History for reperformance
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